Visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone – everything you need to know

The Chernobyl exclusion zone opened for tourists in 2011 and is still not a very common place to visit. If you are wondering how to book your trip to Chernobyl, what a visit to the exclusion zone looks like and how to get there – this article will give you the answer.


If you would like to know if visiting Chernobyl is safe then we have an article about it!

If you are planning on entering (legally) the exclusion zone around Chernobyl and Pripyat then you need a guide. There’s no other way. You have a few check points, cameras and soldiers who can shoot you without a warning if they see you walking on your own. If you’re on the wrong side of the checkpoint, of course.


You can book a day trip from Kiev or a few day long trip with night stays in the zone. Each option comes with a choice of group trip or a private one – we decided to do a private day tour in our own car.

Oh, and before we begin, you have to be over 18!

How much does it cost to go?
You can find day trips from 50 dollars, then if you want a Geiger counter its usually another 10 dollars (you keep it just for the day) and dinner is 5.

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